Northwest Prep Charter School is proud to be a recipient of Sonoma State's 26th annual Jack London Award for Educational Innovation
Jack London, 1876-1916
Jack London epitomized the life-long learner. His own education was characterized by innovative and non-traditional experiences. London’s primary devotion, however was to the PEOPLE, as he called them, and he wanted an informed public that would direct leaders, not follow them blindly. It is fitting that he be memorialized through this award program, which is designed to recognize and encourage innovative, educational programs. The Jack London Award for Educational Innovation is given annually to an innovative educational program in Sonoma County public schools.
Goals of the Jack London Award Program
To recognize and publicize outstanding innovative programs and the individuals responsible for them.
To project a positive image of public education.
SSU faculty and staff, as well as community and educational leaders, serve as judges for this award program. The Jack London Award Committee makes final selection of award recipients. Criteria for judging include:
Original vision and impetus for the program
Innovative and creative approaches
Engages teachers and school community collaboratively
The impact of this program on students and how it might be adaptable to other settings
Some comments from the reviewers about the Northwest Prep Charter School program:
“So few schools really immerse themselves in this kind of process because it is messy, difficult, not black and white. Students are passionate about their learning…”
“(The) student guides were informed, articulate, passionate about school & (their project) topics and so excited to talk about the program...”